Google definition of zest is "great enthusiasm and energy." I know I can get excited easily about things that interest me and stir my curiousity. I feel like a kid and act like one too at times! ;)
Zeal similarly means, "great energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or an objective." And zealous its close cousin means, "having or showing zeal."
Zest is shown by my interest and curiousity in learning if it is of a subject especially close to my heart. Also in terms of matters that are close to my heart like the environment - nature - animals and trees in particular.
One objective I demonstrate zeal for is recycling. I do so both at home and at work. In fact, I started the recycling and compost program at work, and most items are recycled or rather picked up to be recycled! ;)
I do this as the environment is important to me and even though I do not have children, I have nieces and nephews. Regardless, I think it is important to be respectful of Mother Earth and do the best that we can.
There is a quote - can't find it - but along the lines of, "In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations." (From The Great Law of The Iroquois Confederacy)
What zealous cause will you show zeal for and do with zest? Ok, I'm being silly here!
Seriously though, now that this month's A to Z challenge is over, what will you commit to doing with zest or zeal?